Goodbye, Princess Leia

Many years ago when I first heard of the death of Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, I was sad.

Not crushed, but of course sad that he had died so unexpectedly and at a relatively young age.

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The Star-Studded Couple Blogathon: Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh

This post is part of the Star-Studded Couple Blogathon, hosted by Phyllis at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies. Read the rest of the posts for this event HERE!

Janet Leigh had what seemed a very charmed career. With zero acting experience, she had been discovered by actress Norma Shearer, who showed agent Lew Wasserman a picture of a young girl she had seen while vacationing at a ski resort. Wasserman obtained for Leigh a contract at MGM. She debuted in the film The Romance of Rosy Ridge, which was a big hit. Her career stumbled a bit when a couple of film projects she was involved in were shelved, but soon got back on track with a role in the 1949 version of Little Women. She went on to an incredibly varied career, playing roles in an array of genres and for some of the most famous directors of the time, including Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock.

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Pop Culture Roundup September 2013

1. New hits are already emerging from the Fall TV season. Sleepy Hollow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Blacklist and The Crazy Ones were the first of the new series to break from the pack. Sleepy Hollow has already been renewed for a second season and The Blacklist has a full season order. And several shows haven’t even premiered yet! 2. Harry Potter is back! Without Harry Potter! It was announced that JK Rowling is writing a series of screenplay adaptations of her Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It will return to the Harry Potter universe, … Continue reading Pop Culture Roundup September 2013

Goodbye To Katherine Chancellor, Soap Opera’s Greatest Diva

This week the soap opera The Young and the Restless will begin the memorial service for the character of Katherine Chancellor, the show’s “grande dame” for the last 40 years. Her portrayer, Jeanne Cooper, passed away last May. The death of Cooper and the necessary death of her character (though briefly replaced during her tenure a couple of times, a permanent recast was unthinkable) leaves not only a huge hole in the show, but soaps as a whole, and maybe television as well. Every soap has to have a “grande dame,” but they never saw one quite like Katherine Chancellor. … Continue reading Goodbye To Katherine Chancellor, Soap Opera’s Greatest Diva

Pop Culture Roundup for August 2013

1. Batfleck: The casting announcement of Ben Affleck as the new Batman was the BIG news—if you’re a fan of superhero comics, probably the ONLY news of note. While on the one hand, I understand some of the concern (as well as the anger, hysteria, hilarity and sarcasm) I also think everyone needs to take a deep breath and give Ben Affleck a chance. Yes, he’s been sucky in some sucky movies—what actor hasn’t?  But he’s also been really good in some really good movies. If you’ve never seen the film Hollywoodland, I recommend it. Not only because it’s SO … Continue reading Pop Culture Roundup for August 2013

My Favorite Celebrity Memoirs

I really enjoy reading memoirs written by actors. I find them a fascinating insight into the movie industry and the joys, frustrations and tragedies associated with what is seen as a glamorous profession. I also enjoy listening to the audio versions of these autobiographies, because many of them are voiced by the author. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. My Mother Was Nuts, by Penny Marshall – Marshall is almost painfully honest when talking about her upbringing in the Bronx and her acting and directing career. She bends over backwards (maybe a tad too much) to give her … Continue reading My Favorite Celebrity Memoirs